Francesco Cavalli, L’Ormindo (1)

July 25, 2009

L’Ormindo by Cavalli: love triangles. Pinchgut Opera, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney. 2,5,6,7 Dec 2009.

I’m very keen on seeing Erin Heylard as Conductor/Harpsichord (bit of useful succession planning here perhaps as he takes over from Antony Walker for this production). I’m completely biased since watching him realise bass on harpsichord in Telemann Paris Quartets at a Sydney Conservatorium early music workshop weekend coordinated by Howard Oberg and again as a tutor at a Baroque music weekend with violinist Anna Macdonald (Antipodes orchestra) at Sydney University, an occasion for me to play bass gamba with lute in some recorder sonatas, where he expiated on tempi down through the ages.

Also singers Taryn Fiebig and Kanen Breen. It’s eary days for me yet, but all I know is that Cavalli was a student of Monteverdi, that L’Ormindo was first performed in Venice in 1644, that it’s not listed in Matthew Boyden’s Rough Guide to Opera, 4th ed. and that it was performed at the Sydney Conservatorium back in the 1970s (so I think it’s something of a stape at the Opera School there). Pinchgut Opera has its own website, also lormindo.com. More anon! I’m aware of one of Monteverdi’s English pupils, Peter Porter – not that he composed opera.

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